Friday, December 19, 2008

Award-Winning Parish School: Colegio Parroquial San Francisco Javier

The youth are the hope of tomorrow and so their formation today is central in the mission of the Church.  The parish school here in Bánica, now in its 5th year of operation, is contributing marvelously to this mission.  

The "Colegio" currently enrolls 175 students from pre-K through 8th grade.  The teachers are dedicated and hard-working and the fruits of their labor are seen in the students' national test-scores which rank better than any other school in the District.  

The school day here in the Dominican Republic is half of what it is in the US; older students attend during the first half of the day and younger students attend in the afternoon.  Photos of the two groups are shown here.